Knotless Loop method: Cut the stranded cotton roughly twice the length you would normally need and separate one strand. Double this strand and then thread your needle with the two ends. Pierce your fabric from the wrong side where you intend to place your first stitch, leaving the looped end at the back of the work. Return your needle to the wrong side after forming a half cross stitch and pass the needle through the waiting loop. The stitch is now anchored and you may begin to stitch. This method avoids knots and will keep your back neat. I hope you find this cross stitch tip useful.